SEI Member Profile: Chun Lau
Friday, September 13, 2019
Chun received his MSCE from MIT and his BSCE from Northeastern University.
He has more than 30 years of experience in managing and performing design on a variety of challenging domestic and international projects. He is currently employed by Brown and Caldwell as Managing Principal, a 100% environmental engineering consulting firm with offices around the nation and in Guam.
Chun joined Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) - Seattle Chapter in 1993, a local technical group of SEI, serving on the Lateral Forces Wind Subcommittee 1993-98, instructor for the Lateral Force section of the SE Exam Refresher Course 1996-2000 and as SEAW representative to NCSEA since 2010. He became the first SEAW member to serve simultaneously as both SEAW State and Seattle Chapter President 2016-2017.
Chun served two terms as a Board member and elected twice as Chair on the Washington State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and is now an Emeritus Member. He also served as the Assistant Vice President for the Western Zone of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) from 2016 to 2018 and has served on the following standing committees for NCEES: Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures and Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers. He has served on the NCEES Structural Exam committee in developing and grading the exam since 2004.
Chun has mentored younger engineers at all the places he has worked and made presentations before engineering students at local University student chapters on a wide variety of topics include professional ethics, career advice, and the path to licensure.
Chun's community service also includes serving as Education Counselor (EC) for the MIT admission office since 2003. One of the responsibilities is to participate in community outreach activities in increasing awareness of and excitement about MIT's engineering programs, leading to a larger pool of promising applicants in the field of engineering.
It is an honor to be elected Fellow of SEI. I started my career in Boston and moved to Seattle in 1991, I was able to transition from BOCA code to UBC code and then the IBC code through seminars sponsored by ASCE and SEAW (Local Technical Group of SEI). The seminars provided by ASCE and our Local Technical Group are great resources for an engineer to keep up with the code changes and professional development. I am currently serving on the SEI Design Practices Committee and SEI Professional Activities Committee and encourage my fellow SEI members at all stages of your career to participate at the local or national level."